Arizona State lands commitment from four-star Scout100 small forward Kimani Lawrence

Bobby Hurley is having an unprecedented two-year recruiting run at Arizona State, continuing to put distance between his accomplishments in 2016 and 2017 and anything done previously at the school this century.

Arizona State basketball received its second commitment from a Scout100 four-star prospect in the 2017 class on Saturday. 

Kimani Lawrence the No. 54 overall prospect and No. 11 small forward in the class, announced his plans to attend ASU at a press conference in Providence, Rhode Island. 

A 6-foot-6 185 pound wing at The New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire, Lawrence chose the Sun Devils over scholarship offers from Cal, Florida, Marquette, Texas, USC and other schools. In recent weeks, Lawrence narrowed his list to ASU, Florida and USC. 

A slashing wing, Lawrence scores the ball effectively the bounce and is long, athletic, and team oriented. 

“Kimani Lawrence is a big, athletic and versatile wing," Scout.com Director of Recruiting Evan Daniels said. "He has good size for the position and I like his potential and upside. He's a good rebounder for a wing prospect and does a good job scoring off slashes, cuts to the basket. At this stage, he's a streaky shooter.”

Lawrence averaged 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the summer EYBL circuit with New England-area AAU program Expressions Elite. He shot 63 percent from the foul line, and 40 percent from 3-point range on limited attempts. 

ASU coach Bobby Hurley already has received a 2017 commitment from four-star Chatsworth (California) Sierra Canyon High School star Remy Martin, the No. 98 overall recruit and No. 24 point guard in the class. 

Martin and Lawrence can officially join the ASU recruiting class beginning on Nov. 9, the start of the national signing period.

In a two-year period, Hurley is having unprecedented recruiting success at ASU. In the 2016 class the Sun Devils signed five recruits, three of whom were rated as four-star prospects by Scout.com. ASU has never signed more than three four-star prospects in a two-year period this century.

ASU 2016 signees Sam CunliffeJethro Tshisumpa and Romello White each ranked among the Top-20 prospects at their respective positions nationally. 

Cunliffe, 6-foot-6, was ranked No. 11 at the small forward position; Tshisumpa, 6-foot-9, was the No. 20 center; White, 6-foot-8, was the No. 15 power forward. 

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Kimani Lawrence evaluation from Scout.com: Kimani Lawrence is one of those kids who just finds a way to be productive. He isn't elite at any one thing, but he does everything pretty well with no massive deficiency. While he needs work on his deep jumper and also some with his ball handling, neither area stands out as a massive liability. He will rebound well for a forward, and also can guard a multitude of spots. Lawrence is an ideal role player who stars in doing all of the little things.


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